| Tech Shaping The Future of The Office

Posted in Staffing at 9:00 AM by Loftis Consulting

The work environment is a crucial component of a business’s success. It’s the public face of the business. It’s the space that directly contributes to how effectively and efficiently your team can work. It’s the living beating heart of the business. Just like every other important aspect of the business, it’s going to need some work. Here, we’re going to look at what exactly it needs, and how new trends in technology and design are going to improve how you use that physical space.

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Stay Connected

Nowadays, the idea of a business that doesn’t rely on the internet is fast becoming a rare occurrence. It’s safe to assume that any workplace is going to have multiple people connected to the internet at once. They rely on being able to upload and download data quickly in order to do their jobs more productively. However, many business owners don’t give their connection speed the kind of attention it deserves. However, there are a lot of methods you can use to tackle this. For instance, you can use powerline networking, allowing more cabled connections to devices so long as the device is situated near a power outlet. If you’re using wireless, then ensure that there’s as much open space around your routers, lacking metals, mirrors, and electronics, so signal strength is much better. You can use signal boosting accessories to improve the wireless connection, too.

 

Communication Is Crucial

The network can also be one of the strongest tools to improve the communicative abilities of the team.  There are a plethora of different tech tools you can use to help people communicate in different ways. It’s all about finding the right tool for the right kind of communication. For quick conversations, chat apps like Google Hangouts can work, while the video conferencing end of that app is better used for hosting team meetings. On the other hand, email chains shouldn’t be started to have a long conversation on a point but rather as a point of informing others in the business. Structure how you use your communication technology and people will be able to share and retrieve information from one another a lot more efficiently.

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Less Is More

Lighting in the office is used for a lot of things. It’s used, obviously, to give your workers the visibility they need to work safely and happily. It can also be used as a decorative tool to give the office the ambience and make it fit the branding you want; but lighting costs a lot if you use traditional methods. More people are moving to greener, more economically sensible lighting tech and LED manufacturers are becoming more able to offer lights that do more than illuminate. They help you brand the office with things like backlit panels and LED walls, meaning you can get a lot more visual punch out of your office while spending less on the energy bill.

 

Changing Spaces

It might not need an internet connection or a power outlet, but the way furniture is changing is a technological evolution all-the-same. Perhaps the most exciting way that furniture in the office is changing is that way that allows businesses to make spaces more moldable and adaptive. Modular furniture creators are designing tables, chairs, and more that can be connected, disconnected, and moved as you will with little effort. No longer do you need to create separate areas for when people need to work collaboratively vs. when they need to work with privacy and isolation. The workspace can warp to fit many needs all at once.

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All According to Plan

What about the technology we use to decide on and improve office design? Now, more than ever, business owners are looking at the paths that their employees take. For instance, looking at floor plans can help you better decide the best center points of the office which can serve as the space where you put shared resources. Then, it’s all about organizing furniture to create paths that allow for more efficient travel through the office. For bigger spaces, the proper use of wayfinding design is going to keep moving from place to place simplified, too. It might seem like a minor change, but the better that people and resources can move through the office, the less time wasted doing so.

The employee of the future and the client of the future is going to need the office of the future. Look at the inefficiencies, the elements the office lacks, and what you can do to fix them. The five tips above are just the beginning.

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